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The Metrodome reinflation video

MetrodomeRoofAPJuly13 AP

One of the most compelling pieces of video generated during the 2010 football season involved no football action.  Instead, the video demonstrated the collapse of the roof of the Metrodome under the weight of a blizzard’s worth of snow.

Far less compelling but nevertheless worth watching is the footage of the inflation of the new roof, courtesy of our friends at KFAN.com.

It’s a time-lapse video that at one point makes us wonder whether the subtitle should be, “If this dome’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.”

UPDATE:  The Vikings have issued a statement regarding the inflation of the Metrodome.  “We appreciate the efforts of the MSFC and the local unionized workforce who spent countless hours replacing the Metrodome roof since its collapse last December,” said Vikings president Mark Wilf.  “Today’s roof inflation means the project is ahead of schedule and ensures that Mall of America Field will be the Vikings home during the 2011 season.  We are excited about getting our home field advantage back and playing in front of Vikings fans this year.”

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42 Responses to “The Metrodome reinflation video”
  1. goldeelox says: Jul 13, 2011 5:06 PM

    So many collapses in Minnesota last season…

  2. SmackSaw says: Jul 13, 2011 5:17 PM

    A sigh of relief from Los Angeles NFL fan…er…fans.

  3. wtfru2 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:18 PM

    And a little Viagra wash every day will hopefully keep it up!

  4. supashug says: Jul 13, 2011 5:19 PM

    cant believe they didn’t knowck it down

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 13, 2011 5:19 PM

    “If this dome’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.”

    Ponder to Harvin
    Ponder to Rice*
    Adrian 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 TOUCHDOWN!!!!

    The dome will be rockin’ again!!!

  6. rcunningham says: Jul 13, 2011 5:23 PM

    Cue Supersuckers with some sort of Ponder joke he’s used 100000 times in 3…2…

  7. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 13, 2011 5:26 PM

    Hopefully they got the 30 years of dust off the speakers and light holder thingy-ma-bobs.

  8. contra74 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:27 PM

    Would have been nice to experiment with an open air stadium by simply tearing the roof off.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Jul 13, 2011 5:33 PM

    It takes me two hours to blow up my kid’s wading pool.

  10. schemefactory says: Jul 13, 2011 5:34 PM

    this, however is as if nature filled their diaper so full that it crapped all over the vikings..:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIYB-PycCuU

  11. stevo8drum says: Jul 13, 2011 5:34 PM

    Watched my birds kill the vikes twice in that stadium. Such great memories. I’m tearin up. Westy on the deep screen run- AP runs out of bounds at the 2 on a kickoff. ASAM picks it off for a TD. Great time, great times.

  12. thephantomstranger says: Jul 13, 2011 5:39 PM

    The acoustic tiles look like fringe. That reminds me of a song…

    Bears and Packers and Lions will run home
    When I take you down to the dome,
    When I take you down to the dome with the fringe on top!
    Watch that fringe and see how it flutters
    When Christian drives them high steppin’ strutters.
    Nosey pokes will peek through their shutters and their eyes will pop!

  13. robf2010 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:41 PM

    “local unionized workforce”

    That needed to be said in that manner, did it? Couldn’t just say the work crew or the contractors?

  14. txhc says: Jul 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    It still makes me laugh. A stadium with an inflatable roof. ROFL!!!!! What the hell did you expect?

  15. drevilstolemymojito says: Jul 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    I’d rather watch a blow up doll inflation video. Welcome to L.A. Vikings!

  16. granadafan says: Jul 13, 2011 5:55 PM

    Great job. Now there’s no need to rebuild a stadium that’s less than 30 years old and burden the Minnesota taxpayers with a hefty bill for a billionaire’s place of business.

  17. dogsweat1 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:56 PM

    It is nice to see the Packer Dome fixed. The extra home game the Green and Gold in Minnesota is very important….

  18. shotofginn says: Jul 13, 2011 5:56 PM

    Where are all the championship banners?

  19. dogsweat1 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:58 PM

    —Get—

  20. reptar24 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:15 PM

    I hate this damn place.

  21. thephantomstranger says: Jul 13, 2011 6:24 PM

    drevilstolemymojito says:
    Jul 13, 2011 5:52 PM
    I’d rather watch a blow up doll inflation video. Welcome to L.A. Vikings!
    _____________

    Why watch a video when you do it live every night?

  22. jackfnburton says: Jul 13, 2011 6:26 PM

    If the workforce was unionized, the hours were not ‘countless’. Trust me, someone got a bill.

  23. raidermick says: Jul 13, 2011 6:48 PM

    Yea and it will deflate again after the Raiders bomb the place on NOV @ 20th and leave with a lopsided win.

    Late…

  24. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 13, 2011 6:52 PM

    would have been even more entertaining to watch had they pumped too much air in causing the roof to tear open…again.

  25. dempsey63 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:16 PM

    drevilstolemymojito says:

    I’d rather watch a blow up doll inflation video. Welcome to L.A. Vikings!
    _____________

    thephantomstranger says:

    Why watch a video when you do it live every night?

    _____________

    Dempsey63 says:

    I inflate my doll with helium and fantasize that she’s Linda Blair.

  26. sabeybaby says: Jul 13, 2011 7:24 PM

    Fixing that dump is like putting lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig and it’s still a dump.

  27. benh999 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:30 PM

    “If this dome’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.”

    I like the sound of that. Maybe you should have it tattooed to your scalp under that ridiculous wig.

  28. vikingsinla says: Jul 13, 2011 7:30 PM

    This will make it easier to get the moving vans in there, so they be loaded up with football equipment and driven to LA, where the Vikings will be playing.

  29. skinsfan5 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:49 PM

    Did you see the end of the video ? The local unionized workforce are Oompa Loompa’s.

  30. Eric Fay says: Jul 13, 2011 8:07 PM

    that video was less than compelling

  31. jaxcliff says: Jul 13, 2011 8:25 PM

    ” (union workforce …) That needed to be said in that manner, did it? Couldn’t just say the work crew or the contractors?”

    They had to explain why it wasn’t done in half the time at half the cost.

  32. mediasloppy says: Jul 13, 2011 9:32 PM

    Whenever I see that dirt it reminds me of Monster Truck shows. I think there’s been more motocross and monster truck events in that place than anything.

    Yeah, it’s a dump. However, people forget it was a work of wonder when built 30 years ago. Hopefully MN will get a new Stadium…

    No thanks to Pawlenty who couldn’t get passed taxes on luxury, merchandise and others just about every team has. That BOLD stand has done wonders for his Presidential plans…

  33. mediasloppy says: Jul 13, 2011 9:36 PM

    jaxcliff says:
    Jul 13, 2011 8:25 PM
    ” (union workforce …) That needed to be said in that manner, did it? Couldn’t just say the work crew or the contractors?”

    They had to explain why it wasn’t done in half the time at half the cost.
    ———————————-

    “Today’s roof inflation means the project is ahead of schedule and ensures that Mall of America Field will be the Vikings home during the 2011 season.”

  34. drevilstolemymojito says: Jul 13, 2011 10:55 PM

    thephantomstranger says:Jul 13, 2011 6:24 PM

    drevilstolemymojito says:
    Jul 13, 2011 5:52 PM
    I’d rather watch a blow up doll inflation video. Welcome to L.A. Vikings!
    _____________

    Why watch a video when you do it live every night?
    __________________________________

    Har Dee Har Har Har!

  35. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 14, 2011 1:32 AM

    See all the blank banners hanging from the roof? Are we seeing how many Super Bowl banners we can hang from the roof before it collapses again…

  36. arnoldziffel says: Jul 14, 2011 2:21 AM

    Rise Gas Bag Stadium … RISE!!!

  37. jaxcliff says: Jul 14, 2011 5:27 AM

    “Today’s roof inflation means the project is ahead of schedule … ”

    That’s because the original schedule was drawn up with union workers in mind.

  38. 12is3times4 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:49 AM

    Mark Wilf: “Today’s roof inflation means the project is ahead of schedule and ensures that Mall of America Field will be the Vikings home during the 2011 season.”

    Isn’t that still in the hands of the owners and NFLP(A*)? Or is this the Vikings’ way of leaking that a deal has already been reached?

  39. thephantomstranger says: Jul 14, 2011 9:49 AM

    Come on! No thumbs up and 31 thumbs down on my takeoff on “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”? (I know there’s one thumbs up, but that was me.) What, PFT Planet doesn’t like show tunes? I thought some of you were fans…

  40. paulharghis says: Jul 14, 2011 5:30 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 14, 2011 9:49 AM
    Come on! No thumbs up and 31 thumbs down on my takeoff on “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”? (I know there’s one thumbs up, but that was me.) What, PFT Planet doesn’t like show tunes? I thought some of you were fans
    ===========================
    Come on Phantom.

    75% of the people on this thread are Packer fans.
    If the song isn’t:
    1.) Go Pack Go
    2.) I don’t wanna work
    3.) Roll out the barrel
    4.)Grandma got run over by a reindeer
    5.) Tirty point buck

    Then they have never heard of it.
    You actually expect Packer fans to have any culture?
    I gave a thumbs up…youre at 3.

  41. schemefactory says: Jul 14, 2011 9:42 PM

    you forgot “bang on the drum all day”

  42. paulharghis says: Jul 14, 2011 10:50 PM

    Thank you scheme. I don’t wanna work = bang on the drum. Couldn’t remember the actual name.

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